May 3 Library Books

• The Teen Writing Group will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

• Preschool Storytime meets at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday and at 6 p.m. Thursday. In this week’s storytime, we’ll be getting ready for Mother’s Day with stories and songs about families.

As always, all programs are free and open to the public.

The following books were purchased for the library through a generous grant from the Portales Rotary Club:

“Kids Weaving” by Sarah Swett

In this book, Swett introduces children to the popular fiber art of weaving. Projects vary from simple paper weaving to a West African blanket, which can be completed on a s small loom constructed out of PVC pipe. (Instructions for the loom are also found in the book.) Color photographs show kids weaving and displaying final projects. Sidebars provide additional tips and helpful information. The book also includes fun facts and stories about weaving from cultures around the world. This is sure to inspire weavers of all ages.

“I Love to Collage” by Jennifer Lipsey

Lipsey introduces children to the art form of collage with 20 fun projects. Using common art materials like glue, construction and tissue paper, and recycled items, each activity will spark the creative juices of future artists. Colored photographs and illustrations show specific steps and give examples of possible finished products. Many of the projects are simple enough to be made start to finish with minimal to no adult help. This is a perfect book for keeping kids busy during long breaks or rainy days.

“Here’s Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves” by Bob Raczka

In this fascinating book on self-portraits, Raczka introduces us to 14 artists through their unique vision of themselves. Each self-portrait is accompanied by a few paragraphs in which the author draws attention to interesting details. Raczka shows how these details give insight into the mind of the artist, though they often create many more questions. This focused approach to art will help readers learn to look at art in a different, more thoughtful way.